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The AnimeUSA con this past weekend was a lot of fun, even though the folks organizing it waited until the week before to announce the full schedule. They also abandoned the Guidebook app in favor of something I could not get to work on my iPad or iPod Touch, any of my Android tablets including my Nook (which will actually run the 3D graphical app for Second Life), or any of my computers. Because of some strange formatting that apparently required software to display it properly that I didn’t have, the PDF version of the schedule only allowed you to see what was scheduled on Thursday. I ended up having to track down the printer-friendly version of the schedule on their web site, print it out, and mark the things I wanted to attend with a Sharpie; how 20th century! It didn’t really matter, since the people who were doing all the different parts of the program worked their butts off to make sure their portion was done properly. Bottom line, a good time was had by all, thanks to the individual contributors and the wonderful attitude all the attendees carried with them everywhere they went. This matches the original concept for the event; BY Otaku, FOR Otaku. Most of the professional level guests were from Japan or the Left Coast companies who bring their Anime/Manga products our way. I loved the panels the Voice Actors put on, with the Inside The Voice Actors Studio segment perhaps being my favorite. The Cosplayers were fully represented and owned the hallways, and the panels I managed to attend were excellent, both Fan and Pro run.

I tried to take notes at the various panels, but was usually too busy enjoying them to remember to do so. Perhaps I can remember enough about some of them to post a few notes here. There was so much going on that most hours I had to pick between 3 to 6 things I wanted to attend that were scheduled at the same time. For those wondering, that is me in the picture taken at the con, holding up the sign for next year’s event, and wearing my Planet Tokyo shirt. Note that the shirt does not refer to the Puffy AmiYumi song, but to the radio show by Willow Leafstorm on Krypton Radio, Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi.

Jer At AnimeCon 2014
Planet Tokyo At AnimeCon 2014

The winner this time is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I think the folks running the franchise made an excellent choice. By selecting the 1980 Days of Future Past comic book story line, they get to merge the cast from the three original X-Men movies with the reboot of the franchise from First Class. I like the thought that we haven’t seen the last of the original lineup yet, and I have to appreciate the timing, since the future they traveled back from in the original story was 2013. Also this week we finally get the much-delayed The Prototype… or do we? It is not very promising when the movie home page took down the trailer video; I am thinking this one might still not be available.

Arthur Darvill played the part of Rory Williams in Doctor Who, but these days he is starring in a musical in London called Once. Because he wants everyone to know this, he went on BBC1 and sang this rather silly song, using Let It Go for the musical inspiration.

There have been a number of trailers released for Lucy, the new Luc Besson science fiction film starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, but I like this one the best. It should be on the big screen around August 8th or so.

This Flash Fiction contest is 3 Minute Futures, and they are looking for someone to write a short, powerful story. The world renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson will select the winner, and Star Trek actress Gates McFadden will direct the To the Best of Our Knowledge productions into a finished radio play, with the help of LA’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. The competition runs until March 1st, 2014, be sure to Submit Your Entry before then! Thanks to Boing Boing for the heads up on that one… and just how many of you actually remember Gerald McBoingBoing, the namesake for that site?